Hope Loves Sunshine
First of her Name | Mother of Affordable Fashion | Breaker of Trends | Queen of Cupcake Dresses

Travel with family as a blogger

I’m a travel enthusiast and love being able to visit different places around the world. My world is broader as a wife and mom, viewing places and experiencing the newness through the lenses of my kids.


Family ski vacation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Family ski vacation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Our family goes on vacation at least once a year and this year we decided to go skiing in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Since we live in Florida, we wanted the kids to experience being in the snow, so we booked our trip in January for a February vacation. Tennessee was experiencing a downfall of snow in January, but it didn’t snow while we were there. Instead, the weather forecast during our vacation was plagued with two days of rain. We leave rainy Hades, Florida to go to another rainy region… laughable.


 Items to pack for small Kids

• Electric devices (don’t forget the chargers!)
• Small toys
• Coloring book w/crayons
• Learning materials
• Snacks upon snacks and then more snacks
• Stroller, if needed
• Travel cups


We stayed at the Hamilton Inn by Hilton which was in the heart of Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The town was quite cute with an old world charm. Our room was adequate for the time being. Next time, we will book a more spacious room to accommodate our entire family.

Adventure activities
• Walking around the Gatlinburg town
• Arcade
• Anakeesta
• Tubing and Skiing


• Flapper Jacks Pancakes
• Crockett’s Breakfast Camp
• Calhoun’s
• Cherokee Grill and Ober Gatlinburg

Behind The Scenes
Anytime you’re planning a vacation with small adults ages two and three, be prepared for an adventure with unexpected bumps. Let’s all be honest for a second... breathe. Traveling has its ups and downs, especially when toddlers are involved. Please accept that possible meltdown may occur and that’s okay. As parents, it’s our duty to stay calm. And as Dori says, “just keep swimming.” My daughter thinks mommy is a snack queen and should continuously provide her princess unlimited snacks at any given time. My sweet baby bear turns into a howling grizzly bear in Usain Bolt speed when told, “no more snacks." My threenager wants to stay on his iPad all day playing car games and when it’s time to unplug, the high octane whining can start a jet. Always remember to have fun and enjoy all the memorable moments spent with family. No family is picture perfect, and we all have things going on behind the scenes.